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Re: Parish of St Ann's, Newton
Perhaps when he joined up he gave his mothers maiden name so if he decided the life was not for him he could go home and assume his old identity, but once he had committed himself and would be in receipt of a pension, in the new name when he retired, he had to keep it in order to receive the pension.
I am sure this query has come up previously, perhaps not by you. The tree on ancestry has a link to a person you might like to contact.